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  • Feds seek Jemez Pueblo claim dismissal

    First of a two-part series.

    The Justice Department has filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque to dismiss the Jemez Pueblo lawsuit to reclaim tribal lands which encompass much of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The government’s motion focuses on a claim settled under the 1946 Indian Claims Commission Act called Pueblo of Zia, et al v. United States, in which Zia, Jemez and Santa Ana Pueblos sought compensation for an alleged “taking” of approximately 520,000 acres of land. Attorneys argued that the United States had allowed others to take possession of those lands “in derogation of the rights of the petitioners.”

    The Valles Caldera land was not part of that lawsuit or settlement, but federal attorneys are now claiming that the ICC’s authority to “hear and determine all tribal claims against the United States that accrued before Aug. 13, 1946” — and a five-year window to file those claims —precludes any later claims. The motion argues that “Congress vested the ICC with expansive and exclusive jurisdiction to litigate all pre-1946 Indian-claims.”

  • Moniz tapped for DOE

    The Obama Administration Monday nominated three people to fill open spots on the president’s second term cabinet. Among them, Ernest Moniz was tapped to head the Department of Energy.

    Reportedly well known and respected in scientific circles, Moniz, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace outgoing DOE Secretary Steven Chu. The following biographical information was published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, director of the Energy Initiative, and director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has served on the faculty since 1973. He served as head of the Department of Physics and as director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. His research focus is energy technology and policy, including a leadership role in MIT interdisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas, and solar energy in a low-carbon world.

  • 106-year-old Mass. man gets high school diploma

    BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Fred Butler was married for 65 years, raised five children, served in the Army during World War II and worked for years for the local water department, but the fact he never earned a high school diploma always bothered him.

    Not anymore.

    The 106-year-old was awarded his honorary diploma Monday during an emotional ceremony attended by school officials, state lawmakers and Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon.

    "I thank everybody who is responsible for this," he said, wearing a mortar board hat and tassel and holding the prized document in his hands. "I certainly appreciate it."

    Butler dropped out of school before the ninth-grade to accept a full-time job at a print shop to support his mother and five younger siblings.

    Daughter-in-law Cathy Butler says he regretted dropping out and always emphasized the importance of education to his children and grandchildren.

  • Bio on Ernest Moniz, Obama's nominee to head DOE

    The Obama Administration yesterday nominated three people to fill open spots on the president's second term cabinet. Among them, Ernest Moniz was tapped to head the Department of Energy.

    Reportedly well known and respected in scientific circles, Moniz, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace outgoing DOE Secretary Steven Chu. The following biographical information was published by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.

    Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Director of the Energy Initiative, and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has served on the faculty since 1973. He served as Head of the Department of Physics and as Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. His research focus is energy technology and policy, including a leadership role in MIT interdisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas, and solar energy in a low-carbon world.

  • Today in History for March 5th
  • Raw: HS Hoops Player Sinks 55-Foot Buzzer Beater

    This buzzer beater is going to be tough to beat just three days into March. Khalil Edney grabbed a loose ball and made a 55-footer as time expired to give New Rochelle a 61-60 win over rival Mt. Vernon in a New York sectional final on Sunday.

  • Obama nominates MIT scientist as DOE Secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signaled his willingness to tackle climate change with his pick of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, one of three major appointments he announced Monday.

    A 25-year veteran of environmental policy and politics, McCarthy has worked for Republicans and Democrats, including Obama's presidential rival, Mitt Romney, who tapped her to help draft state plans for curbing the pollution linked to global warming. Along with McCarthy, Obama nominated MIT nuclear physicist Ernie Moniz to lead the Energy Department and Wal-Mart's Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the budget office.

    McCarthy, 58, a Boston native, has led the EPA's air pollution division since 2009, ushering in a host of new rules targeting air pollution from power plants, automobiles, and oil and gas production.

  • Today in History for March 4th
  • Four Texans killed in Angel Fire plane crash

    ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say four people from Texas were killed when their single-engine airplane crashed during takeoff at an airport in northern New Mexico.

    It happened Sunday 150 miles northeast of Albuquerque in the community of Angel Fire.

    New Mexico State Police identify the pilot as 33-year-old John Phillip Verhalen III, his 41-year-old sister, Sara Verhalen, and her 13-year-old daughter, Chloe Marie Jameson.

    The fourth victim is identified as the pilot's girlfriend, 26-year-old Jennifer Woodward.

    A spokesman says he doesn't have information on where the victims lived, but the FAA says the plane was owned by a company in Scottsville, Texas, which is about 150 miles east of Dallas.

    The cause of the crash is under investigation.

  • Raw: Demolition of Fla. Home Over Sinkhole